How To Talk To Your Children About the Connecticut Tragedy
How to talk to our children about the tragedy at a Connecticut elementary school, where a gunman killed dozens of people, including 20 children? I found these tips From ABC News while watching updates all day long, like everyone else, and thought it may help. Every parent raises their children in their own way and these are just suggestions on how to begin. The most important thing to do is talk, listen and pray for the families who can’t.
Younger than 7
Shield them. They don’t need to know about it.
They need to know they are safe. If you’re expressin sadness, concern and empathy they’re going to see it’s OK to be worried about this.
Talk about it. You want to ask, “How do you feel about this?” And then it’s important to support their feelings. If your child says, “I’m really scared,” the worst thing you can do is say, “There’s no need to be scared.” Instead, tell them, “We’re going to keep you safe, and they got the bad guy.”
Older Than 12
Engage them. Ask them why they think this happened? And do they think anything could have prevented this? You can have a real conversation out of that.